Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎) as Naginoha (なぎの葉) and Seki Sanjūrō II (関三十郎) as the giant Kobayashi Asahina (小林朝比奈) from the series 'Mitate Kyogen' (見立狂言 - Imaginary Plays)

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Dates: 1820,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: woodblock print

Signed: okonomi ni tsuki (out of my own taste) Kunisada ga
Publisher: Matsumura Tatsuemon
(Marks 311 -seal 03-009)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: The National Museum of Asian Art; British Museum - 1813 Toyokuni I print of Naginoha; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1863 Yoshitora triptych with Naginoha and Asahina among the characters; Bibliotheque Nationale - ca. 1771 Shunshō ehon illustration with Naginoha on the left;

Physical description:

Naginoha Gozen in some accounts is the younger sister of Suketsune and is therefore related to the Soga brothers' revenge plays. Other sources generally list her as Suketsune's wife. Her name is sometimes printed as '梛葉'.


There were a number of 18th century kabuki plays centered around Naginoha: Naginoha Asahi Genji and Naginoha Izu no Sugatami.


There is a small black and white reproduction of this image on page 334 of Masterful Illustrations: Japanese Prints in the Anne van Biema Collection.